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#15165 - 02/23/06 07:42 AM Pacman's Documentation
David C Offline

Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 19
Loc: Pacifica, CA
I have just finished installing my ADI modules to control my house functions. Although not as sophisticated as some Ive read on this board, I do have some pretty solid devise control and did some documentation along the way. If interested, you can see my documents here

Along with some lighting control, I also have a schedule for turning on my coffee pot on the morning to coincide with our schedules (04:00, 05:00 and 07:00) plus a manual timed function. I also have an automated bedroom curtain; x10 Pro t-stat, garage door alarm with override; security cameras that I can cycle to view; and landscape irrigation control.

My main objective, however, was to control my house audio. That took some doing. I have a line bus for my stereo fed from four switched sources (switched via SECU-16). My garage has a receiver for exterior speakers that I switch through a RLY8-XA panel, A speakers for the garage, B speakers for the back yard. My back yard consists of a deck and pool. The system can be controlled from various remotes including RF x10 controllers. My main entertainment center is controlled with a MX3000 remote and my IR distributed through a SECU-16IR to Buffalo distribution blocks in each room there is an audio receiver.

The ADI modules are mounted on a backboard in my den and the RLY8-XA is in the garage. I extended my comm port to my computer using CAT5.

Pacman's Docs

#15166 - 02/23/06 01:15 PM Re: Pacman's Documentation [Re: David C]
jrfuda Offline

Registered: 08/10/03
Posts: 45
Loc: San Antonio, TX
Wow, that's one impressive program!

#15167 - 03/02/06 09:28 PM Re: Pacman's Documentation [Re: David C]

Love your audio distribution diagram. Was wondering what kind of cable you used for the main audio run? Also if
you just put in y connectors for the branches to each room.

#15168 - 03/03/06 10:00 AM Re: Pacman's Documentation
David C Offline

Registered: 01/02/06
Posts: 19
Loc: Pacifica, CA
Just shielded two conductor for each line level speaker (left and right required two cables). I orinally used CAT5 pairs but got hum in some of my rooms. Hum is usually a ground loop problem so I repulled my wires with shield tied to speaker ground. My stereo components are not high end so the grounds are not isolated. But I really don't know much about this because I am not an engineer, just trial and error and some reading along the way.

If I had it to do over again, I would have left in my CAT5 and tied baluns to both ends. Expensive but would have solved many problems. See links...

I could have used shielded 4 pair cable, a pair per speaker, and made sure all is routed away from electrical wiring as much as possible.

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